Lifting Hopes Announces Celebrity Guest for Columbus 5K Pump and Run

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Powerlifter Mike Wolfe to Be Part of Fundraising Event for Local Children’s Charities

Professional power lifter Mike Wolfe will be the special guest at this year’s Lifting Hopes Pump and Run scheduled for October 2, 2011 in New Albany, Ohio. The annual event allows participants to bench press a percentage of their bodyweight based on age and gender and then run a 5K. A combined score from both events determines the winner. All proceeds benefit central Ohio children’s charities.

“We are very excited to have a world class athlete like Mike be a part of this event,” said Michael Morgan, Director of Lifting Hopes. “He brings a whole new level of energy and enthusiasm to the event.”

“There are two things I’m passionate about: challenging your body to get stronger and helping kids,” Wolfe said. "I’m proud that a group like Lifting Hopes is supporting both, and I’m excited to be associated with this event.”

Wolfe has been a competitive power lifter since 1995, when he won the first event he entered. He was a dominant force in the sport from 1995-1997, frequently capturing first place in his category. From 1998-2000 he took a break from power lifting to compete as a bodybuilder. He returned to power lifting in 2002.

Wolfe turned pro in 2005 and on May 15, 2005 bench pressed 825 pounds. He became one of the top 10 bench pressers in his weight class in the world and captured second place at the 2007 Arnold Classic World Powerlifting Organization Bench Bash by bench pressing 860 pounds.

“I’m excited to meet the athletes at the Lifting Hopes pump and run,” Wolfe said. Adding that he will be available to talk to athletes about how to improve their own bench technique and training. Wolfe also promised a demonstration for the audience. “I’ll be attempting a 700 pound bench press at this event, and I’m hoping the organizers and participants of Lifting Hopes will help cheer me on!” he said.
Participants can register online for the Lifting Hopes 2011 pump and run at The event will be held on October 2, 2011 in New Albany. Net proceeds from the event will benefit Chapel Hill House, a Central Ohio retreat for children battling childhood cancer, and the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana, Central Ohio Region.

A pump and run is a unique alternative to a traditional 5K race. The event starts with a weight lifting component where participants bench press a percentage of their body weight based on their age. After the weight lifting portion, a 5K race will be run through the Village of New Albany. For each successful lift up to a maximum of 30 repetitions, 30 seconds is deducted from a participant’s 5K time to calculate a net time. Prizes will be awarded for the top finishers in multiple categories.

The weight lifting portion of the event is sponsored by Soar Fitness Systems ( Soar’s certified trainers will be staffing and judging the bench press portion of the event.

About Lifting Hopes
Lifting Hopes is a group of volunteers that have come together to conduct athletics events to benefit central Ohio children’s charities. For more information, visit

About the Make-A-Wish Foundation®
The Make-A-Wish Foundation grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. Founded in 1983, the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Ohio, Kentucky & Indiana chapter is the largest of the 64 Make-A-Wish® chapters in the country in both territory and wishes granted. The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana, Central Ohio Region has fulfilled the individual wishes of 1,464 local children since it was founded in 1997. Currently, we have more than 175 pending wishes. You can help share the power of a wish® by contributing financially, donating frequent flyer miles, adopting a wish or remembering the Make-A-Wish Foundation in your planned giving by calling (877) 206-9474. For more information, visit our website at

About Chapel Hill House
Chapel Hill House is a retreat where families battling childhood cancer can rest in the seclusion and privacy of a log cabin sitting on 72 beautiful acres in Marion County. The cabin, originally built in 1835 and rebuilt by Larry Joseph in 2001 following his own cancer diagnosis, combines modern amenities with the peace and tranquility of a country retreat. Since 2003 more than 200 families have enjoyed Chapel Hill House as a place to dream, giggle and believe. There is no charge for families to stay at Chapel Hill House. Individuals and organizations interested contributing to Chapel Hill House can visit

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